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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2016 at 12:54pm

In order to maintain my sanity I purposely stayed away from a lot of news since last week's tragic political event.  That definitely helped....some. 

I got a chuckle from the following joke and thought I'd share it. 

I hope everyone is doing well.  I had a cardiology appointment yesterday.  All is working well, just like a normal heart.  No need for another appointment until one year from now.

Possible first snow this weekend.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2016 at 12:38pm

Randy, perhaps you can update your vocabulary and say that the visit with your daughters was groovy. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 16, 2016 at 6:54am

Several things:

My three daughters had a lovely time together last week ("lovely--an old fashion term). The visiting two have returned home (Calif & Hond). They are super daughters. I'm so lucky (ages 38,41,43).

Golf and garden season is over, so I'm cutting firewood in my 7 acre woods. I lost 40-50 large trees and many more sapplings in a summer storm. I'm determined to clean it up. We'll log out and sell the large trunks.

Has anybody been watching "The Durrells in Corfu" on PBS Sunday nights? Good show. I'm interested because I was in Corfu last May. Wonderful scenery.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2016 at 5:39pm

Just wanted to let you know it's -0.2°C at the North Pole right now.

Comment by Daniel W on November 12, 2016 at 5:05pm

The world recently list a talented musician from Canada, Leonard Cohen

It seems fitting to me that the most amazing rendition of his music - to my uneducated ears - is by Canadian KD Lang.

KD Lang, Cohen's Hallelujah

I have no idea what the song is about.  Still very emotional.  What a tear jerker!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2016 at 7:32am

Ruth, I think it is inevitable that we have already reached the tipping point. I could be wrong. Too many people base their thinking on faulty principles; garbage in, garbage out. We failed to confront the pride-in-ignorance groups; being polite in the face of threats to the planet yields no freedom.
That said, we have nothing to lose if we bluntly confront ignorance. You supplied evidence of what was happening to our climate and helped make some of the material easier to understand. There is no excuse for people to deny climate change; their denial costs us all, dearly.
Those who want to hide the truth to make better profits on their enterprises are our enemy, not the Middle East terrorists; Those thugs reveal symptoms of a much larger problem. The Native population trying to stop the pipeline going through the aquifers betrays the reality of the injustices imposed on all Natives once again. One betrayal after another of once great nations that populated this continent now betrays the colonizers.
For myself, I plan to return to L & L Acres have just as many happy days as I can pull out of the rest of my life. I've lived from the end of the Great Depression, WW II, the recovery and I can remember the first telephone put in my grandmother's home and watched a man walk on the moon. I hope and work toward living in peace. Life is what it is; I'm grateful to have lived. 

Having Atheist Nexus, all the friends I find here, and especially a person such as you, Ruth, makes my days especially interesting. 

Comment by Plinius on November 12, 2016 at 5:09am

I understand your feelings, Ruth, and I've felt the same for quite some time. It's not just trump c.s., the countries of the world all seem to long for dictatorship. It's as if everyone is tired of reckoning with vulnerable groups, minorities, refugees, climate change, pollution, and a lot of other things.

The new trend is simplicity, nationalism, getting rich with any means, getting power no matter who suffers, dictatorship.

So we'll be here, doing what we think is right, whatever the government is or does. We can work on, you especially, because you're great in teaching climate changes.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 11, 2016 at 11:32pm

Quietly subversive, Joan. That is probably the way forward for the next few years. 

Ruth, the news here is that some of the leading politicians in the EU are going to have a word or two with "Mr. Trump" about how things work. It's a bit unnerving to think that he worries the conservatives in other countries.

There's a minor deity named "Anoia" who's the godess of things that get stuck in draws: I wonder if she has a relative who influences computers?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 11, 2016 at 11:13pm

Sorry I've been absent. Got discouraged when replies I tried to post evaporated, sometimes because of a wrong keystroke on my part. Funny how that usually happens when a half hour's work is all ready for posting.

Frankly I'm in a funk, struggling to reorient myself and make sense of the world order. That election seemed to be a tipping point into my worst nightmare on so many levels.

I get requests for donations from The Southern Poverty Law Center, Nature Conservancy, and a gazillion other progressive organizations with 100% obsolete approaches. They pretend our representatives and senators will act on polite petitions which counter the interests of the corporate interests to whom they belong. They pretend we didn't just put a Neo-Nazi into power, dedicated to destroying renewable energy and all social progress since 1900. Bill McKibben still expects the Standing Rock protest will somehow succeed. It's as the left now inhabits a fact free bubble. I spend time reading opinions at Altenet, leaders I respect, etc. No coherent response has yet coalesced, from what I can tell. Yes we must organize better, resist. It's all wishy-washy.

Other news is bad for the climate, not only that the election will at least accelerate 1°C additional rise by 2100. Also we just learned that climate sensitivity is nonlinear. This video is dumbed down, the source article, Nonlinear climate sensitivity and its implications for future green..., is quite technical. It kind of says we could have 7°C rise by 2100, but Robert Scribbler thinks it only predicts 5°C rise. There's a wide margin of error, but the bottom line is (during the last 8 glacial cycles) climate sensitivity  got stronger when the planet warmed. And since it only takes 4°C rise to destroy civilization, 5°C rise in the next 85 years is horrific.

It's as if - within a few days -  the entire world shifted gears, the break pedal stopped working all together, and the steering wheel is shaking so much it'll wrench off as soon as 2017 begins.

This must be worse than what people in Germany went through in the first days after Hitler won, because it's not just world war and genocide at stake. It's the first downhill bump in the existential crisis rollercoaster.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2016 at 2:02pm

Oligarchs, get ready for the onslot; The dispossessed of the world, the hungry ones around the globe, the thirsty ones from high and low altitudes, could form a coalition of gigantic proportion and overcome the corrupt local, state and national governments, the one percenters, the corporations, not by violent means, but by nonviolent ones. 

Food: People, young and old, can grow their own food; 

Housing: People can build their own shelters; 

Education: Parents, Grandparents, teachers can teach;

Health care: Folk Medicine offers some viable options; 

Transportation: Walking may become an option; 

Work: Tasks performed to create goods and services closer to homes;

Governance: Smaller unites of neighborhoods, town, cities, grow;

Insurance: Neighbor helping neighbor. 

If we want to have any control over our lives, we have to make some basic changes in how we live, work, and play. Downsizing, learning new skills, taking the strings away from puppet-masters and take back control. 

I think the first thing we need to do is stop paying taxes, i.e The Trump Taxes Model; fill the prisons with tax evaders. There could be an assemblage of bright minds and strong backs to resist the TrumpTrends. 

 

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